Multitudes today descended at various cemeteries across the country to pay their last respects to dancers who died in last weekend’s road accident.
While some were in Francistown, Mankgodi and Hukuntsi for the funerals of Onalenna Thebeetsile, Mercy Mafoko and Phemelo ‘Kazuzu’ Jakobise who all perished on the fateful morning, hundreds braved the wintry weather and made their way to Molepolole for the burial of Kgakgamatso ‘Mastokona’ Konti.
Distressed band leader, Magdeline Lesolebe aka ‘Charma Gal’, joined the aggrieved Konti family and relatives in mourning.
As hymns and words of comfort swallowed the sobs and wails at the funeral service early this morning, eulogies poured as speaker after speaker spoke highly of the deceased.
Mastokona was one of the longest serving members of the crew after joining them back in 2008 under Culture Spears stable, seeing Ekentolo and Charma Gal becoming the brand they are today.
Through out the funeral in Molepolole which was attended by a host of fellow artists and the music industry leadership, Mastokona’s life was celebrated as a life well lived.
According to all the speakers, “She was a loyal and obedient colleague, friend and daughter both at home and at work. She was more than a dancer and distributor to Charma Gal, she was a daughter to her and loved dancing with all her heart. Her smile was always visible on and off the stage, and never held grudges against anyone,” they said.
The five deceased died last Sunday morning in a horrific accident along Gantsi– Kang road.
The crew was returning from a performance in Gantsi, where they entertained revelers at the Gantsi Annual Agric Show.
Charma Gal was said to have been driving in a different vehicle ahead of the crew when their mini-bus burst a tyre and overturned.
The last member of the crew, Caprio Dikoko, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be buried in Mogoditshane next weekend.